As a semi-pro bass fisherman, full-time XRay/CT technologist, father and cancer survivor, Shane Hoelzle knows how important it is to find balance in life.
Shane was diagnosed with Stage 1 Testicular Cancer in 2011. Through early diagnosis and treatment, he overcame his cancer diagnosis. This year Shane was named the Western States Division Angler of the Year for the American Bass Association. Shane is living proof that routine check-ups are important in the fight against testicular cancer, and early detection saves lives.
Testicular cancer is one of the many issues highlighted during the month of “Mo-vember.” As you look around the hospital, you will see a lot more facial hair this month. Regardless, if you can grow a mustache like Magnum PI or not, these mustaches are there to help raise awareness for men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer, suicide prevention and mental health, all issues men are renowned for being reluctant to talk about.
Testicular cancer, the most common form of cancer in young men—average age is 33—is highly treatable and can often be cured, if diagnosed and treated early. This is something that Shane can attest to and he encourages men to regularly see their primary care provider. Shane also wants to share the importance of finding healthy outlets in life to actively take care of your mental health. While he is an accomplished semi-pro fisherman, competing in tournaments nearly year round, Shane enjoys fishing for the peace, solitude and release it provides from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Shane’s openness about his cancer journey and accomplishments both at work and on the lake, make him the perfect spotlight this month.
Thank you, Shane, for sharing your story and helping us bring these issues to the forefront. So whether you sport a mustache, goatee or beard, remember to make men’s health a priority this and every month!